Hi everyone! Time for some beading with our DIY Japanese Fan Earrings Brickstitch Beading Tutorial!
Remember the post we did for Increased and Decreased Brickstitch Tutorials? Well, here is a design for a pair of earrings that will help you familiarize yourself and practice Brickstitch technique 🙂 Now that you have the basic skill in Brickstitch prepare 11/0 seed beads in 4 colors and let’s start! For Part 1 you’ll learn how to connect and create a diamond shape.
Step 1: Increased Brickstitch
Cut an arm span of thread. String 3 silver and pass the thread back into the 1st bead. You may pass the thread several times to secure the beads or you may make a knot if you wish.
Pick up 2 silver and pass the thread under the “bridge’ and as you pull, come up again into the 2nd bead added.
Pick up 1 silver and pass the thread under the same “bridge.” As you pull the thread, come up and pass back through the bead added.
Going right, pick up 2 silver. Pass the thread under the “1st bridge” and as you pull, come up the 2nd bead added.
Pick up 1 silver and pass the thread under the “next bridge.” Come up back through the new bead added and pull the thread.
Complete the row and pick up 1 silver. Pass the thread under the same “bridge.” Come up through the new bead added and pull the thread.
Create a 5th row by repeating the same manner of weaving using silver beads. This is how it should look like.
Step 7: Decreased Brickstitch
Now, we’re ready to decrease. Pick up 2 silver and pass the thread under the “2nd bridge.” As you pull the thread, come up back through the 2nd bead added.
Finish your row by weaving 1 silver at a time with the regular brickstitch weave. When you’re finished you should have 4 silver beads for your 6th row.
Repeat Step 7 & 8 and perform a decreased brickstitch to create your 7th and 8th row. When finished with the 8th row you should now have “1 bridge”visible.
To finish and weave your final row. Simply pick up 1 silver bead. Going downward pass the thread into the 2 previous silver beads and come out again the last and final bead.
This is how your beadwork should look like. You have created a diamond shape.
Looking at the diagrams below you need to create 2 diamonds connected by 2 beads (Fig. 1.)
Shown in Fig. 2, pick up 1 silver and going clockwise pass again the thread into the previous bead, connecting the 2 beads and come out the new bead added. At this point, you may choose to pass the thread in clockwise direction several times to secure the beads.
On Fig. 3, after connecting the 2 beads continue to pick up 2 silver and pass the thread again into the previous bead. Your thread should come out the 1st bead added and now you’re ready to start your increased brickstitch again. Repeat Step 2 to 10 and create another diamond.
Now we’re through with Part 1. Watch out for Part 2 in the next few days and you’ll soon have your own Japanese Fan Earrings!
If you like, you can explore your skills and create your pattern with this FREE Graph Paper for Brickstitch from Fire Mountain Gems!
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